Alaska News Roundup for April 29

  • Legislators want to go home. They want to go home and continue to work on remaining legislative issues from their LIO home offices (i.e. most likely Anchorage). The Dispatch explains why an extended Special Session just might be held at the Taj MacHawker.
  • The Dispatch’s Dermot Cole explains where things are legislatively and what issues are coming to the forefront during Special Session with a rundown of the budget Winners & Losers.
  • The Central Peninsula League of Women Voters are working it! The Peninsula Clarion was on hand while they got high school students registered to vote at River City Academy. The organization will be making the rounds to area high schools to bolster voter registration rates for the upcoming election cycle.
  • The Washington Post reports on the growing problem legal marijuana businesses are having in trying to deposit their money into a bank-Alaska, included.Map


  • The Fairbanks News Miner has the lowdown on the Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage with Anthony Kennedy remaining as the mystery vote on the issue.
  • The message of love from the step of the Supreme Court was brought westward to Juneau as marriage equality advocates called on Gov. Bill Walker and AG Craig Richards to withdraw the state from the federal case involving bans on gay marriage. KTOO has the details and pictures.
  • Former Sen. Mark Begich’s wife, Deborah Bonito, was spotted by The Hill attending a luncheon hosted by folksinger Judy Collins and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

  • Nathaniel Herz with the Dispatch is back from his sojourn in Juneau and has turned his gaze upon the Anchorage mayoral runoff between Amy Dembowski and Ethan Berkowitz…with an interesting article of how Jerry Prevo and Jim Minnery have inserted themselves into the race.


  • ACS and the Boys and Girls Clubs-Alaska are accepting nominations for their annual “Summer of Heroes” award. The award is for youth between the ages of six-eighteen and the last day to apply is June 15.
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  • The Tanana Chiefs Conference could become the recipients of a land transfer to allow the construction of a mental health clinic in Tok, per the office of Don Young.
  • KTOO relays the discussion between Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft and Sen. Dan Sullivan over icebreakers for Alaska.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski seized the opportunity of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s congressional address to further advance the idea of overturning the ban on crude oil export ban, per FuelFix.
  • Harvard Institute of Politics released the data from their poll (with graphs!) of 3,034 young adults and found that while a GOP frontrunner is still unknown, a solid 55% prefer a Democratic as the winner of the 2016 presidential race compared to just 44% for a Republican winner. Amongst the Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton holds the lion’s share at 47% with Elizabeth Warren coming in at #2 with 11%.Harvard


  • Switchboard explains the current situation of Pebble Mine as being down to three things: Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators.  How very Warren Zevonesque.
  • Politico reports that Pope Francis has entered the fray of economic inequality by calling the disparity “a pure scandal”.
  • Homeland Security made their case for $818 million investment in cybersecurity initiatives. According to The Hill, House Republicans weren’t having any of it and countered with a smaller budget amount.
  • Shell is the subject of two separate articles in the Dispatch. The first offers an in-depth look at the petition by Oceana and the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School with the SEC over Shell’s financial risk reports. The second involves drilling safety zones between Greenpeace and the multi-national conglomerate.
  • Downtown Anchorage was the site of another protest against the budget cuts to education. APRN captured the message, tone and energy of the 100 parents, students and children that shook homemade signs along with Alaska PTA.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski exemplified the art of the humblebrag tweet.humblebrag

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